Meet the Sullivans: Owen is TWO!!!

January 24, 2014

Owen is TWO!!!

As you may know, our sweet, curious, bright-eyed little boy turned two this weekend! Keith and I were discussing how the first year went by quickly, although the adjustments in the first month or two made those months feel slow, but the second year went by really really fast. Owen's second year was so much fun! He went from being a baby boy to being a "big boy", as he calls himself. With all the changes that happen in the first year, the second year would seem on paper to be less thrilling, but that couldn't be less true. In his second year Owen has become more curious, a better communicator and has developed quite the personality!

And now as he has moved into his third year of life there are a few changes for this big boy!

Stats: weighs 27lbs 14 oz and stands 35 1/4 inch tall. Wearing size 7 1/2 shoes. Although most 2T things still fit really well, he is growing out of them, so we're buying mostly 3T now.

Watching water flow down the creek at the park. Could have stayed right there all evening.

Playing outside in the dirt, with sticks, building houses for Darth Vader out of dead grass on hikes, watering the plants with the hose or watering can, etc.



Toy Story, especially Woody

The park

Garbage trucks

Sparkling water aka "Owen's soda" as he calls it.


So many things! The other day at the bookstore he finally introduced himself to another child (we've been encouraging this for a while). He saw a little girl around his age come toward where he was standing near the books and he said, "Hi, I Owen!". I was so proud of him! If I drop something he'll say "Oops, silly mommy!", which is pretty cute. And if he see's me cutting something with scissors of a knife he'll say "Careful, mommy!". It seems like he's is picking up a new word, phrase or two each day.


Not getting to do things HIS way. He is not easily distracted from his own personal goals, so sometimes this results in a tantrum in public when we can't / don't / won't let him have his way. 

Eating: Owen has been doing much better with his eating lately. He is trying some new foods, and still likes apples, watermelon, carrots and sometimes broccoli or shaved brussels sprouts. Still loves baked chicken, deli turkey, peanut butter and almost any kind of chip or cracker. He has been known to steal my sandwich from time to time or if we're eating burgers he always wants mine. He's also developed a love for sparkling water, which the doctor said is fine. Owen calls it his "soda"!

Sleep: Sleep has always been an issue for Owen, and right now we're trying to undo some of the damage we've done by letting him always be rocked to sleep with a bottle (or the breast, when he was BFing still). This is the only way he knows to go to sleep unless he is riding in the car or stroller, so we're trying to teach him he can fall asleep on his own without milk and being rocked. We didn't want to take away all of his comfort at once, so right now we took the milk away, and in a few weeks we'll try to let him fall asleep in his crib. I'll probably do separate post on this since there are so many details, etc. I have been trying hard to (for once!) keep him on a schedule to encourage good eating, sleeping and drinking habits.

Health: He's been a healthy boy with only one little cough that went away in days.

Dear Owen,

Every time I hear Rascal Flatts My Wish I think of you and how quickly you're growing into a big boy. Someday (but not anyday at all soon, thank goodness) you'll be on your own and I hope we're doing a good job of making sure you know how loved you are, how important you are to this world and that even just your sweet smile can make all the difference in someone else's day.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.



Jodi said...

I love having a little boy. They are so fun. My husband and his mom danced to that song at our wedding and I love it!

Anonymous said...

Two is so fun! Not every day, but when it's good, it's goooood!

Kelli Gilbert said...

he is adorable!!

E Hayes said...

Love reading about where he is at "2"! It is crazy how the second year has so many developmental milestones you didn't realize.

Jennifer said...

It is a fun age! I had to laugh at some of your comments because it is just all too familiar especially the trying to figure out boundaries of what can be done and what should be done. It sounds like Owen is a really good talker that helps a lot. Our daughter was a terrific daughter. Henry is just now speaking in complete sentences at 2.5. Owen is just precious!

Vanessa said...

"Hi, I Owen"...melts my heart!!!! Such a cutie! And I can totally see how the 2nd year goes by fast...we're almost halfway there and I can hardly believe it!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Awww, he is such a sweetie Colleen! I can't believe he is 2! Such a big boy!

Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

So sweet! What a big boy!

Whitney said...

I love his little baseball cap so much! :) I'm sad to hear that the second year won't slow down for us though...but all the more reason to soak up all these sweet little moments!

"B" said...

Oh my. Love this. I am curious how your sleep training a two year old goes. I am needing to do this as well, as my daughter currently ONLY goes to sleep nursing in MY bed. With the addition of baby #2 on the way this needs to be corrected ASAP however I am finding it hard to do. She "needs" me and perhaps its my hormonal state or the fact that I am scared out of my wits - I cannot bare to make her sleep in her own bed. HELP :)

Emily said...

I am really behind on this BUT.. Happy Belated Birthday sweet Owen! I have loved watching you grow. You are one adorable and smart little guy! XO